Lax Romanian mine controls again in focus

New cyanide spill as EU finalises mining waste law drafted following previous pollution incident

Concerns over environmental controls in Romania's mining industry have been reignited by a new cyanide pollution spill. Following the 26 November incident, Hungarian president Laszlo Solyom called for action and described the "continuous threat" from Romania as "intolerable". It happened as the EU finalises mining waste legislation inspired by a major Romanian cyanide spill in 2000 (EED 24/11/05). To secure a deal, Romania and Hungary were both forced to promise to implement the law on time. See statements from Hungarian environment ministry and European parliament.

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